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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services is bracing for the results of a 15 percent budget cut that took effect July 1.
The lab analyzes about 15,000 items a year in thousands of cases. Lab Director Jay Henry says one third of the lab's cases exonerate people.
Lab staff say the budget cuts could lengthen turnaround time.
The lab had to close its Price branch and cut three positions around the state.
The main lab is housed in Salt Lake City and it still has extensions in Ogden and Cedar City.
Henry says he's hoping to get federal funds that would help fill some of the lab's budget holes.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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